The Ponytail Bow | Cute Hairstyles

May 30, 2012

Yes, I have been on a bit of a “bow” kick lately with our braids and hairstyles, but that is because they are very much in style right now!

For many of us moms, there are options with the Bow Braid, but wearing the Lady Gaga Hairbow or the mini Bow Tails may be a better fit for our daughters than for us.

Side Ponytail Hair Bow | Cute Hairstyles

So, I decided to incorporate this bow technique into a cute side ponytail version that is perfect for older teens and women, without looking too childish! {My friend Jenn over at Girly Do’s posted a similar double-pigtail version of this on her daughter a year ago.}

It is difficult to describe exactly how to make the bow in a step-by-step procedure.  It is equally hard to show visually show you since my hands end up being in the way most of the time, so we decided to show you two different views hoping that it will be easier for you to  understand.

Side Ponytail Hair Bow | Cute Hairstyles

Side Ponytail Hair Bow | Cute Hairstyles

Please note that this is not a hairstyle to wear on a very active day because the bows are very delicate and serve more as an accessory than anything.  You can use the hair bow in any number of hairstyle combinations {half up/half downs, curly hair, two ponytails, one in the back, pigtails, as a bun, etc.}, so your options really are limitless!

My daughter wore this side ponytail to Church this past Sunday and lots of little girls and moms were asking her how we made the bow!

Good thing all we have to do is refer them to this website!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, water bottle, two hair elastics, pomade {hair wax}, 1 bobby pin, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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Bundled Braids {Video} | Braided Hairstyles

February 19, 2012

Many of you will recognize this hairstyle as one of the first hairdo’s we ever published, but we never have filmed a video for it.

Bundled Braids | Cute Hairstyles

Since we do receive quite a few requests via email asking for this video, as sometimes photo tutorials are not specific enough, we decided to film this one for you all!

We love how super easy this hairstyle is to do, and how cute it looks on our little girls.  The style still works well on older girls, and moms as well, particularly if you pancake the braids into a more “loose” style.

Bundled Braids | Cute Hairstyles

We promise that you will get compliments on this hairstyle all day long!  {My twins started calling this braided hairstyle “The Pineapple Braid” from the time they were very little, which I also think is cute because the finished hairstyle does look quite a bit like a pineapple!}

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 5 clear elastics, 2 regular
hair bands, and hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 8-10 minutes

Skill Level:  Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by wetting hair {if desired} with the spray bottle.
  2. Gather all hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck…
  3. Divide the hair in the ponytail into 5 equal sections…
  4. Braid each of the 5 sections separately, using a clear elastic to temporarily hold them {or you can also have your daughter hold them instead}…
  5. Once all 5 sections are braided, grab them together at the base and fold them up towards the ponytail…
  6. Secure the folded braids to the ponytail with a hair band, leaving the ends of the braid loose…
  7. Tease the loose hair ends to your liking.
  8. Add in hairspray or a ribbon/accessory {if desired}.

Enjoy!

Happy Hairdoing!

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Simple Messy Braid | Braided Hairstyles

February 12, 2012

If you are like me, you’ve noticed that everyone in Hollywood {in TV, movies, etc.} is talking about the comeback of braid hairstyles.

Messy Side Braid Hairstyle

Simply flip through magazines, catalogs, or beauty websites and see them there, too! Everyone is wearing braids and the best thing is that there are a million ways to wear them!

One of my very favorite braided hairstyles uses a small, added flair to a simple braid… what everyone is calling a Simple Messy Braid. This is the perfect second-day hairstyle {after curls the day prior} for a quick rush out the door.

Messy Side Braid Hairstyle

I’ve received so many emails requesting a video for this hairstyle. One of our most loyal fans even asked 10+ friends to all email me within a few hours each asking for this style! I swear we have the best fans! Well, it definitely got my attention and my girls and I decided to make this our next tutorial.

Items Needed: Brush, comb, ponytail holder, hairspray {if desired}

Time Required: 2 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with dry slightly messy or curly hair. {You can use a flat iron or wand to add a little curl to the top layer if needed}.
  2. Pull all hair loosely to one side, over your shoulder.
  3. Braid the hair using the regular braiding method.
  4. Tug on the “elbows” of the braid to loosen/flatten and soften the braid.  This is called “pancaking” the braid.
  5. Curl any loose pieces of hair to frame your face. Remember, the braid  is supposed to be messy!
  6. Bobby pin any problem strands into place, and you are good to go!

Enjoy!

Happy Hairstyling!

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The Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

January 26, 2012

From time to time, we like to film super-fun hairstyles that we know that many of our fans will love. Today is one of those days!

My girls and I have read The Hunger Games series, were quickly drawn in to the story lines, and we absolutely love them! With the movie coming out on March 23, 2012, we have received quite a few requests from fans asking us to show some of the styles used in the movie.

Katniss Braid | Hunger Games Hairstyles

Luckily for us, there are trailers and movie posters already available online that give us a tiny glimpse of a few scenes, in anticipation of the movie.

Today we are going to demonstrate Katniss’ Diagonal Dutch Braid hairstyle. {We also want to give a huge thanks to Lindsey, an extremely loyal fan, for emailing us the best shot of the hairstyle in the movie poster below!

Katniss' Braid Hairstyle | Hunger Games

This style uses an exact Dutch Braid starting on the front of the right side of the head and braiding back across the head in a diagonal direction until you can finish off the hair in a simple braid over the left shoulder.  This hairstyle reminds me of a style that Angelina Jolie would wear!

{In the tutorial below, I show you the Katniss style but do not actually go into the details how to do the braiding. If you want to see exactly how to do this, please click our Same-Side Dutch Braid Hairstyle link.}

Katniss Braid Hairstyle | Hunger Games

 

Katniss Braid Hairstyle | Hunger Games

It is important to note that this braid is intended to look messy, as Katniss was wearing this hairstyle in the arena during the games.

You will also note that I used a few hair extensions to add length to the braid, since my hair is short.  It worked well because my own hair acted as layers, which were perfect as some fell out in the hairstyle… just like in Katniss’ braid!

Katniss Braid Hairstyle | Hunger Games

I know this will be a very popular braid, especially once the movie comes out on March 23, so you can help make this braid a viral sensation by referring it to all your girl friends on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc! That way millions of girls everywhere will wear this hairstyle to the theaters to see the movie! I know for sure that we will!

Please a comment and let me know if you plan to go see the movie, and don’t forget to share!

Big hugs!

Items Needed: Brush, 1 hairband, 1-2 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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Cage Braid Ponytail | 5-Minute Hairstyles

January 23, 2012

This unique braided hairstyle is lesser known, but it is making the rounds on Pinterest from a few wonderful sites.

What I love most about this braid is how easy it is to do, however the finished product looks so complicated {like you spent an hour on it}! If you know how to French Braid, you can do this hairstyle easily with only a small tweak to the stranding!

Braid Hairstyles | The Cage Braid

When you are finished braiding, you simply grab the center part of the braid about 1-2 inches below the ponytail holder. Then, gently pull that part of the braid up over top of the ponytail holder {secure it there} and the whole braid literally “pops” out into a super-cute 3D braid!

Braid Hairstyles | The Cage Braid Ponytail

After watching the video, you can clearly see why this hairstyle is called a “cage braid” because the style effect looks very much like a ribcage. My girls and I fully plan on using this braid in a Halloween hairstyle using a red-heart bobby pin stuck in the right side of the cage.

It would also make for a fun Christmas party hairstyle because the braid could easily be decorated as a tree! Many fans will likely use it for Crazy Hair Day because it does have a very unique look to it!

Although I know this hairstyle may not be for everyone, I promise you will receive many compliments from people on it, with most wondering how in the world you were able to do it! Our secret is… that it only took 5 minutes! How neat is that???

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Rat-tail comb, spray bottle, two ponytail holders, 4 bobby pins, hairspray and accessory {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level:  Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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